The Essential Workers Filling New York’s Coronavirus Wards

As this wave of the coronavirus starts to slow, I can’t help but notice that many of the people still getting infected are those who don’t have the luxury of distance—those who, by necessity or [...]

The Challenges of Post-COVID-19 Care

Among the patients I care for at the hospital is a young woman recovering from covid-19. To keep her blood oxygenated, she needs a device called a non-rebreather mask. The mask is connected by a [...]

“It’s Hard to Stay Afloat”: Hope and Exhaustion in the Coronavirus Fight

A woman and her husband are admitted to my ward; before the coronavirus, they were healthy, enjoying morning walks and evening cocktails. Now, while her breathing improves each day, his declines. [...]

“A Disembodied Voice”: The Loneliness and Solidarity of Treating the Coronavirus in New York

Almost certainly, the density of New York City has played a major role in the spread of the coronavirus. While it circulated among us, millions of New Yorkers touched the same subway turnstiles [...]

“Adrenaline, Duty, and Fear”: Inside a New York Hospital Taking on the Coronavirus

Right now, the most striking feature of the hospital might be the difference between the world outside and the world within. Outside, New York—America’s largest and densest city—is a ghost town. [...]

Food for thought — and health. The right diet for patients can improve outcomes and reduce costs.

As a physician who cares for hundreds of patients with heart failure every year, I’m frequently humbled when, despite my best efforts, patients shuttle between hospital and home. I track the [...]

Treating Regret

Despite the pervasiveness of regret, doctors often overlook it. We often don’t explore the role regret might be playing in the distress many patients and families experience, or acknowledge it [...]

Caregiving for a sick loved one can be stressful, harrowing, depressing — and rewarding

It was the most important thing I would do that week. One morning, I walked around the hospital introducing myself to patients. I stopped by the room of a woman in her late 80s with dementia. Her [...]

Health Professionals Should Work Together on Policy

In 1905, a Boston-based physician named Richard Cabot decided that medicine could do more to meet the social needs of patients. With his own money, he hired a nurse, Garnet Pelton, who began to [...]

When the future is running out, narrating the past helps to prepare

How should you live when you know you’re going to die? It is perhaps the ultimate, eternal question — one we all have to grapple with, but mercifully, don’t have to, until the end is crystallized [...]